Trucks and some buses will be charged a toll of $24 or $36 during the day to enter the congestion relief zone in Manhattan below 60th Street, depending on their size and function, and $6 or $9 at night.  -  Photo: MTA/Marc A. Hermann

Trucks and some buses will be charged a toll of $24 or $36 during the day to enter the congestion relief zone in Manhattan below 60th Street, depending on their size and function, and $6 or $9 at night.

Photo: MTA/Marc A. Hermann

Following a robust public comment period in which the agency received 25,600 written comments and heard from 386 speakers at four public hearings, The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board, in its capacity as the board of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, approved Central Business District toll rates by a vote of 11 to 1.

The approved toll rates align with rates recommended by the Traffic Mobility Review Board on Nov. 30, and put forward for public review by the MTA Board on Dec. 6, with a handful of clarifications provided.

Central Business District Tolling Rates

Passenger vehicles and small commercial vehicles — sedans, SUVs, pick-up trucks, and small vans — paying with a valid E-ZPass will be charged $15 during the day and $3.75 at night, when there is less congestion, to enter the congestion relief zone in Manhattan below 60th Street. They will be charged no more than once a day.

“Today’s vote is one of the most significant the board has ever undertaken, and the MTA is ready,” said MTA Chair/CEO Janno Lieber. “In advance of day one of tolling, we’ve increased service on 12 subway lines, advanced redesigns of the entire NYC bus network, and implemented the largest service increase in LIRR history. And there’s more to come with the funds raised from congestion pricing — more accessible stations, modernized subway signals, and new expansion projects like Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway and Metro-North Penn Station Access.”

Tolling Fees, Exemptions

Trucks and some buses will be charged a toll of $24 or $36 during the day to enter the congestion relief zone in Manhattan below 60th Street, depending on their size and function, and $6 or $9 at night. Yellow taxi, green cab and black car passengers will pay a $1.25 toll for every trip to, from, within or through the zone; customers of app-based for-hire vehicles will pay $2.50.

As previously proposed, qualifying authorized emergency vehicles and qualifying vehicles carrying people with disabilities will be exempt. As will school buses contracted with the NYC Department of Education, buses providing scheduled commuter services open to the public, commuter vans licensed with the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, and specialized government vehicles.

As previously proposed, a 50% discount will be available for low-income vehicle owners and a tax credit is available for low-income residents of the Central Business District.

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